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the syrian president bashar al assad may be looking for a safe haven outside syria. brian todd has the story for us. >> there's little doubt that bashar al assad's regime is in trouble now. he's isolated, has few friends left in the world. we've now gotten reports that assad may be casting a net among those friends for a way out. his army is on the ropes, fighting for its life around damascus and aleppo. he may be in the process of making chemical weapons. right now, everything about assad smacks of desperation. he's looking into the possibility of seeking asylum for himself, his family and their inner circle in latin america. >> we understand that some countries both in the region and elsewhere have offered to host assad and his family should he choose to lead syria. >> the foreign minister was recently in venezuela delivering a message from bashar al assad. the minister was also in cuba and ecuador bringing classified letters from assad to leaders there. we could not get responses from syrian leaders in the u.s. or latin american governments to respond. multiple sources in the u.s., europe
people and not president assad. >> the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified democratic syria in which all citizens are represented. the future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> meanwhile, senator john mccain has said that the u.s. needs to take action. >> we do know absolutely that these weapons have been readied for use by bashar assad's aircraft. we urge the president of the united states to make whatever military preparations are necessary. >> joining me now, joel ruben. thank you for joining me. have they already crossed the red line that the president put out for intervention? should the u.s. intervene, as senator mccain is asking for? >> the situation in syria is something we've never seen before. we have a country collapsing and this country has significant weapons of mass destruction. syria has not signed a chemical weapons convention. they have not, however, moved to use these weapons but they are, according to what we know from the reporting, they are beginning to move these out of storage and the
.s. is prepared, in her words, to take action if the syrian regime, the syrian government of bashar al assad were to use chemical weapons or even move around chemical weapons stockpiles, many of which are near the jordanian border. >> a lot of which is near the jordanian border. we have been aware of this for a while. we're working very, very diligently to monitor that. this is a game changer. >> as far as jordan is concerned -- >> as far as the world is concerned. >> you saw that story in "the atlantic" magazine, they posted it on their website, that israel has asked jordan for permission to go in there and attack those chemical weapons sites in syria. >> i saw the report. i'm not aware of these contacts. but this affects all the countries of the region. it will be a game changer in the sense that the world will not stand still and watch these chemical and by logical weapons being used or the threat of them being used. it is going to be a game changer. so far, the lack of unanimity on how to deal with the political side of the situation in syria will certainly change if the syrian regime were to
has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas that get people inspired to get behind us. >> senator demint, huge tea party supporter. sometimes clashes with his own party's leadership. he is leaving with four years left in his senate term. earlier, he said h
be consequences. it appears, though, to have very little impact on the assad regime which we now have learned has begun preparing, mixing and loading gas into bombs to use on its own people. now, this comes as fighting is moving closer and closer to the rebel -- or to the assad strongholds in damascus. sarin gas is one of the most deadly chemical weapons in all of the world. it can kill within hours if this not treated, and it can kill dozens and hundreds and thousands at a time depending on how it is used. keep in mind, it only has a shelf life of about 60 days, so once you mix it, you are on the cusp of using it. as this is all happening, president assad is reaching out to several countries seeking asylum, he's apparently reached out to cuba, venezuela and ecuador, also several arab countries have reached out, the possibility of offering him asylum. now, none of this seems to have changed assad's mind. a spokesman for him, though, is saying he will never leave syria, and he would never use chemical weapons. clearly, megyn, things are happening in syria that have a potential for a very deadly ou
in the city of damascus. this is fueling concerns that bashar al-assad may resort to desperate mets yourself to hold onto power. we are learning more about the damage from a powerful earthquake in japan. the 77.2 quake sparking a tsunami in an area still recovering from last year's disaster. the latest coming up in a live report. jon: fox news alert for you now. you are looking live at the shores of lake michigan just off chicago where this historic world war ii aircraft has been recovered. it has been lying on the bottom of lake michigan for the last 65 years or so. it was recently located, and it is being brought to the surface. this from illinois. this plane was part of a check out ride for a pilot learning to land on aircraft carriers, it was his third check out flight. they used to put the aircraft carriers on lake michigan for these practice tips. he was trying to take off and the engine sputtered and died, the plane went into the water, sank about 200 feet down and was lost until today. it is going to be put on display in the chicago area, and we should also note that a very generous
that bashar al assad's regime has begun mixing sarin gas. >>> the speaker of the house, john boehner offered up his own plan to avoid the fiscal cliff today. does it add up? >>> and the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice comes under fire again. this time, it's over rwanda. let's go "outfront. >>> good evening, welcome, everyone. "outfront" tonight breaking news, president obama puts the syrian president on notice. the president is reacting to new evidence that assad's regime has started mixing chemicals to make deadly sarin gas, adding to its massive stockpile of chemical weapons. >> and today i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> assad is on the edge of president obama's so-called red line against syria. the president said this summer that syria's use or movement of chemical weapons could mean u.s. intervention. so outfront tonight,
wonderful rest of your day. i'm brooke baldwin. the question we're asking here, is bashar al assad, is he bluffing as fears grow his regime will unleash chemical weapons in syria? we're digging on what the sarin gas could do and of course where it is coming from. >>> but first, the president has a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. but republican house speaker john boehner dismisses it as, and i'm quoting, la la land. the republicans offered their proposal, that happened about 24 hours ago. the white house quickly labels it as nothing new. business as usual, right? so how do we move beyond this stalemate in washington? we heard from the president, just a short time ago. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin joins me now, jessica, the president spoke out, sat down in an interview with bloomberg tv, and in listening to the interview, did you hear any clues toward a possible compromise here? >> reporter: not new clues, brooke. the president laid down the marker that we heard from the white house consistently, which is they aren't moving until they hear the republicans agree
. can the world prevent bashar al assad from using chemical weapons against his own people? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama taking his battle to extend tax cuts for the middle class into the heart of the middle class suburb today. he visited a family just outside washington, d.c., using their story to dramatize what will happen in just 26 days if he and congress can't make a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. a source of great concern for so many people, everyone's taxes will go up, will go up if there's no deal. let's go live to our white house correspondent dan lothian. he's on the scene for us over at the white house. how did it go, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, we've seen the president do this before in the past whenever he's locked in negotiations with lawmakers. he heads out on the road, either goes to a backyard or sits down around a dinner table to put pressure on congress. that's what he did today when he went to falls church sitting down with the santana family. their parents who also are employed live in the household wi
it would take only one minute to kill tens of thousands of people. >> i would not put it past assad to use this weapon it's the kind of regime he's been leading. >> where are they taking you, john? >> to jail. >> john mcafee under arrest in guatemala for entering the country illegally. >> he vanished after his neighbor was found dead. >> the administration, are they prepared to go over the fiscal cliff. >> absolutely. >> fiscal cliff negotiations in washington, still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for a long weekend. >> i'll be here and i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president if he gets serious about solving this problem. >> the duchess of cambridge has left hospital. there for morning sickness. >> how are you feeling this morning, kate? >> as of today, possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal in the state of washington. >>> now the 55th annual grammy awards revealed. the top contender, kanye west and jay-z. >> he's got it. kobe bryant. the greatest player in the history of the los angeles lakers. >> all that, ready for your mistake? >> yeah. i
to the assad regime inside the capital damascus with a deadly explosion near the arab red crescent building and pitch battles for key airfields outside the city. >> it is clear regime forces are being grounded down and they are losing. >> president bashar assad already killed estimated 40,000 people. president obama top aids will fear the fighting take on gruesome character. >> we remained very concerned. very concerned. as the opposition advances on damascus. that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> indeed, the senior officials confirm that syrian technicians mixed unknown quantity of the nerve agent seron and loaded on what officials believe are breakable canisters, aerosol form to be dropped from above. in dublin, secretary of state clinton met twice with the russian foreign minister. the russian dumah leader close to vladimir putin told interfax, "we have shared and do share the opinion the existing government in syria should carry out the function time has shown that the task is beyond its strength. >> it's now up to the russians to do everything possibl
. rebels are trying to take the airport. potentially huge logistical blow to the assad regime. american officials are scared a desperate assad could use chemical weapons. and said regime forces recently prepared components of sarin gas. a highly deadly nerve agent. syria does not acknowledge having chemical weapons. said they will never be used against their own people. the forces are inflicting big losses thenize several of whom we met yesterday inside syria, recovering fro battle in a makeshift hospita they're yu this man is 17. next to him, a 28-year-old father of three who lost his leg and finger in the fighting. but once recovered, he told us, he hopes to rejoin the fight with his prosthetic leg. the rebels are trying to organize themselves better in order to secure funding and weapons from the outside. today, we learned a former army general has been ele head of a new military unci given the lack of coordination and organization until now, it remains very much to be seen whether a unified force can be created to bring down the assad regime. d > thank you. >>> ba
to kill tens of thousands of people. >> i would not put it past assad to use this weapon. that's the kind of regime he has been leading. >> where are they taking you, john? >> to jail. >> under arrest in guatemala for entering the country illegally. >> police would like to question him in belize after his neighbor found dead. >> is your administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. >> negotiations are still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for the long weekend. >> i'll be here and i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving this problem. >>> duchess of cambridge has left hospital. she was being treated for severe morning sickness. how are you feeling this morning, kate? >> as of today, possession of small amounts of marijuana become legal in the state of washington. >> it feels so good. >>> nominees for the grammy awards, top contenders include kanye west and jay-z. >>> kobe bryant, the greatest player in the history of the los angeles lakers. >> all that -- >> are you
. senior u.s. officials tell abc news, president bashar assad's forces have loaded nerve gas components into bombs at or near syrian airfields. it is assumed, the intent was to move the bombs onto aircraft. but there's no way to know if that happened for certain. the issue, of course, has the full attention of the obama administration. >> our concerns are that an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. >> syrian ground forces and rebels have been battling in and around syrian capital of damascus. it is now estimated that more than 40,000 people have been killed in violence in march 2011. >> just an atrocity there. >>> now to the pink slips at citigroup. the company is slashing 11,000 jobs worldwide. about 4% of its work force. more than half of those cuts will come from consumer banking. and they are aimed at saving $900 billion next year alone. investors were apparently pleased. because citi stocks shot up more than 6%. >>> and the world's biggest coffee chain is abou
yesterday, drawing a red line with syria. listen. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> so, general, does this mean we're closer to u.s. engagement? >> i don't think so at this point. as i understand it what we saw was movement or some activity in the places where they store their chemical weapons. i don't think we've seen the movement of chemical weapons forward to the point where they could be used or put on weapons. but i do think it puts syria on notice that this would be unacceptable behavior and there would be consequences for that behavior. and i like the president's words, will be held accountable. the world will be watching. these are horrific weapons, indiscriminate. men, women and children could be of course indiscriminately killed with these weapons or badly injured. i think it was good that the u.
the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, the implications are just stunning that the assad regime would actually use deadly gas on its own people
by the regime, of president bashir al-assad. intelligence was raising fear that the regime was preparing to to the weapons against rebels. now senior u.s. officials tell us that government forces have been moving chemical weapons on or near syrian airfield and it is believed that components of deadly sarin gas have been loaded into bombs at the airfield. monday, president obama warned syria not to use its chemical arsenal. we will stay on top of this developing story on this thursday morning. >> the u.s. made it very clear any use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be a red line for the country we would, unlo unlike up until now, invoke military action to solve the situation, rebels getting close to damascus, a precarious situation, any use of chemical weapons would spawn deeper u.s. intervention. so something militarily families may want to keep an eye on as that develops. >> 100 people dying a day since the weekend. >>> in damascus. >>> major developments in the case of the missing leukemia patient. >> last seen on a hospital security video more than a week ago. now her fath
. >> reporter: the syrian government claims it will not use chemical weapons, but president assad is feeling the pressure from opposition forces who have gained strength and are now moving on the capital damascus. jeremy bowen with our bbc partners is there and reports assad's forces are waging a fierce defense. >> throughout the day and after dark when i am speaking to you, there are quite steady explosions of shell fire, outgoing artillery fire, going into the -- the suburbs around the center of the city where i am. >> reporter: residents are caught in a worsening cross fire. >> people who come from areas that are being shelled, they are on the street. many children. some times you see them crying. old people are sleeping on the ground. >> reporter: but nothing in this horrific war has gotten the attention of u.s. officials more than this chemical weapons threat. >> thee reports may mean that the united states and our allies are facing the prospect of an imminent use of weapons of mass destruction in syria. and this may be the last warning we get. >> plenty for all sort of contingencies is
frank on president bashar al assad's lack of a place in seary's polityria future. >> every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. we go into these discussions with a clear sense of what we want to see accomplished, but a realistic understanding of how difficult it still is. >> second clinton said there would be another meeting in the coming days to discuss the way forward. for c"cbs this morning," elizabeth palmer, london. >> james baker, secretary of state under president george h. w. bush and second under president reagan, public policy at wright university in houston, joining us now from houston. good morning. >> good morning, charlie. >> secretary baker, what do you think the government of assad, president assad might do with these chemical weapons? is he capable, likely to use them? >> well, i have no idea, charlie. but if there's evidence, if our intelligence community has evidence that they're beginning to mix the chemicals, that would be quite disturbing. if he did use them, it would not be the f
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assad's part, to underestimate him. >> simply cannot go beyond trying to maintain themselves in power? they seem not to be willing to make a wise decision to let go. >> first of all, the assad family and the shia minority in syria have repressed the sunni and other relingious and ethnic groups in syria for decades. there is a score card that those other groups will want to even, of massacres and executions. and i think one of the reasons assad is fighting so hard is that they have some sense of what's likely to happen to them if the option is successful in unseating the government in syria. so this is potentially a very ugly situation. it's ugly now because of assad. it could get ugly after. >> charlie, interesting he he's saying it probably will get uglier. >> two reasons he stepped down when he did, one is that he felt like he given his service in time. secondly, it was getting to the point where i was worried that i could not figure out what the reactions might be on the part of the other side. >> interesting. very interesting interview. thank you, charlie. >>> he egypt's embattled
comes amidst u.s. concerns that the assad repeople may be cooking up recipes, mixing materials for chemicals. that possible preparation is taking place at more than one chemical plant in syria, officials say. u.s. intelligence shows nothing has been moved out of the facilities, however. and officials say there is no indication syria is on the verge of using chemical we papoweapon. in turkey monday, russian president putin called the deploy ment of the patriot missiles unnecessary. but tuesday, the russian foreign minister said any use of chemical weapons has grave implications. while down playing reports about syria. >> translator: we can call them rumors, but the syrian authorities are moving a stockpile of chemical weapons or that they want to use them. as soon as we hear such messages, we prepare. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton spent the day meeting with her fellow ministers as they approved a plan to provide turkey with the missiles. nato says the number of missiles and their precise location along the border still needs to be worked out. it could be weeks
to president bashir al assad are preparing bombs with chemical weapons. syrian soldiers fighting with rebels for control over the outskirts of damascus. now, witnesses tell cnn that 30 people were killed today in street battles across syria. we're also learning about a car bombing in the city of homs and a horrible, horrible discovery. dozens of bodies believed to be victims of a massacre. the same time rebel fighters, they are taking on syrian forces literally house to house in the country's largest city. that is aleppo, and that is where we find our arwa damon today. >> reporter: for two months the streets here have been a war zone. part of a bigger battle for control of aleppo, syria's largest city. this father of four is one of the rebel fighters here. this is our country, our homes that are being destroyed, he tells us. he used to sell thread. now he runs logistics for his unit. so what he is explaining to us is that this was street to street fighting, and it took his unit quite some time to advance and right now they have the tractor here because they're trying to clear out this road s
of credible evidence that the assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people, but sufficed to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> jill dougherty joins us now by phone from brussels. she is traveling with the secretary. now, jill, that warning begs a question. the u.s. has actually spoken of the move of chemical weaponry before, but this, officials are saying, is different. tell us why. >> well, it's different because the intelligence information that is coming out, the data, shows moving apparently these weapons or supplies, and they have done that before, but the way they are doing them, it's different, and it's kind of a new activity, i guess you could call it, which might indicate some type of move toward deploying the weapons. it's a little murky, of course, right there. you heard secretary clinton not wanting to get into intelligence issues, as you can imagine, but there is a heightened concern, and that is one of the reasons that when she was asked about it during this brief -- during this presser in prague
that the president has made some reference to the possibility of president assad or the fear, the rumor, that president assad might use chemical weapons against his own people, and we know, of course, saddam hussein do that against the kurds. what is the president saying about the prospect of that? >> reporter: well, some tough talk just a few minutes ago. president obama saying that if, in fact, the administration receives serious evidence that syria is, in fact, using chemical weapons, moving chemical weapons, that that would be a red line for this administration. now, we pressed white house press secretary jay carney on this point earlier and said, what specifically does a red line mean and what would the consequences be? the administration being fairly tight-lipped about that, but president obama just a few minutes ago saying the world is watching, and essentially that this administration will not tolerate that type of behavior from syria. >> indeed, a busy afternoon. thanks so much, kristin. kristin welker at the white house and we'll be right back. you ever notice that some people
troops in the suburbs near damascus. president assad desperately clings to power there. the rebels are also moving towards the damascus international airport just south of the capital. clashes in the area forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this week. all of this as secretary of state hillary clinton confirmed that the u.s. and russia are in, in fact, working toward a political solution led by the u.n. special envoy to syria. >> the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria in which all citizens are represented. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> the syrian conflict is also aif he canning the region now. beyond the fears of chemical weapons being used, today the jordanian armed forces returned fire after several shells fired from syria landed in their territory and wounded a soldier. up next back here, big earthquake hits the same japanese coast devastated by last year's massive quake, and what the white house is considering doing that could prevent colorado
assad's forces. despite his efforts to reassure her, she is still anxious. and with reason. sala was shot in the arm at a checkpoint. bullet was going to hit my daughter, he tells us. but i had just put my arm around her. she, just 4 years old, blinks hard, yes. she ended up drenched in her father's blood. as gunfire rings out again, her father takes away the bullet casings she's collected. nearby, a woman who doesn't want to be filmed takes me aside. sometimes i want to die rather than live like this, she whispers. arwa damon, cnn, aleppo. >>> an infant left without her parents after an nfl player just snapped. now as the city mourns, sportscaster bob costas goes off on gun control. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. an entire town evacuated after a shocking discovery involving explosives. >>> plus, he's on the run. but john mcafee talks to cnn after martin savidge goes on this bizarre adventure to reach him. >>> and joining me live, the ceo of ford, on what he told president obama behind closed doors about the fiscal cliff. n 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer power? [ l
from the president, secretary of defense panetta, and others focusing on what happens if assad uses those weapons. >> these lines become pink lines, and they're not drawn with, you know, a fine pencil, and they move around a little. >> military options for striking syria spell out the case for why an attack might be called for. u.s. officials say there are multiple reports, more than just satellite imagery, confirming the aerial bombs. the regime is getting more desperate in recent days as fighting has raged around damascus, leading to worries al assad could order a deadly strike that could kill thousands. and unlike iraq before the u.s. war, syria's chemical weapons program is openly acknowledged by that government. >> these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the syrian republic. >> but the president will be warned of risks, civilians could be killed by a deadly release of gas if the sarin isn't all destroyed. syrian air defenses could bring down u.s. pilots if fighter jets are used. the regime could move its chemical weapons
fears that the assad regime will unleash chemical weapons. the region around the capital, damascus, now a battle zone. 2 million syrians now on the run, many of them children. and it is extremely difficult for journalists to enter that country and cover the chaos. but abc's alex marquardt pushed across the border tonight and he is there. alex? >> reporter: we've spent the day among the thousands of refugees living here, and the conditions are miserable. rain has turned the roads to rivers of mud, there's no power or gas for heat, and it's only getting colder by the day. the rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. the first stop, a rebel checkpoint. tanks and men armed with ak-47s. once past them, a narrow, winding road that led us to white tents in a sea of red mud. in it, the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth -- a tiny campfire. they're part of the mass exodus, families fleeing the crossfire of syria's bloody civil war. for them, life is dire and growing dangerous. few here have their own jackets or shoes. it's growing colder
involved. >> right. we also have a crisis brewing in syria with the assad regime growing increasingly desperate. intelligence reports indicate that a chemical attack against his own people could be imminent. even russia, syria's most powerful ally, is alarmed. their foreign minister met yesterday with secretary hillary clinton discussing the possibility of a syria without assad in power. >> wow. >> this morning rebels have declared damascus's airport a military target, warning civilians and airlines not to approach it. >> richard, that's what we're looking at. we're looking at russia to see when russia finally gives up on assad. if they are, in fact, coming close, it's over. he's done. >> that's the beginning of the end. and i think that's finally in play. brahimi who preceded kofi annan trying to do a diplomatic process finally, i think, has something to work with. it's the possibility of the threat that the syrian regime might turn to chemical munitions, and the russians realize that would be the equivalent of jumping and that their long-term equities. the russians realize that woul
be deep fear that the assad regime might use chemical warfare against its own people, serin gas, which is so deadly. how concerned? how fearful are the rebels, the civilian population, in northern syria where you are. >> reporter: as fearful as one could possibly manage them to be. this is a population that has no way to protect itself from bullets and bombs. one rebel commander we were talking to has no doubt in his mind that he would, in fact, use this type of weapon ri. he said if you look at the history of this uprising, the asad regime moved onto rockets and then onto air strikes. the next step, as this rebel force is really strengthening its strangle hold on this syrian government is going to be to employ chemical weapons to deliver that final and deadly blow. >> in northern syria for us on the scene, aura, be careful. thanks so much. here in washington, a massive show of force on capital hill. up next, the message some senior citizens are sending lawmakers looming the fiscal cliff. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the
concerned, harsh warnings came from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news there are contingency plans for military action if the weapons became a threat. the syrian regime said it would not use chemical weapons under any circumstance, but president ass assad's father used them, and assad himself has been massacring his citizens for nearly two straight years. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> it's a little hard to believe since tens of thousands of folks have been killed already, use of chemical weapons would be off limits to the syrian regime right now. considering rebels have made advances that may be one of the most powerful weapons the government has in its arsenal right now. again, that's a red line according to the u.s. if chemicals are used, that could draw us into this
. >> in the least. >> you talk about libya. i tell you what, you've got assad about to cross that red line. he's going to see russia leaving quick. i think you'll see even troops going in there if he starts using chemical weapons against his own people. about to cross the line. egypt, morsi in trouble. the biggest revolt since mubarak was pushed out of power. "the new york times" also has another fascinating story. john boehner gained strong backing of the house gop. they actually say that the speaker's more powerful today than he has been since he became speaker two years ago. >> well, that's exactly the opposite of what we were discussing on the set yesterday with matt lewis. >> yeah. i guess one question is, is that story there for a purpose, which is to make him appear stronger, and also, is he strong in relation to the offer that's on the table, which is an offer that does not reflect compromise yet? >> well, he is strong, i think, as long as he's not seen as bowing down and caving in to the president. i will tell you, there are conservatives dair a s -- erick who is trying to get him rem
that the assad regime may be preparing to unleash chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war. president obama issued a strong warning tells president assad not to cross that red line. >>> from our parade of papers, "seattle times," flu season off to the earliest start in a decade, and the strain making the rounds tends to make people more sick than other versions, particularly dangerous for the eld elderly. typically spikes in january or february. >>> the "new york times" this holiday shopping season, toy makers are catering to a growing number of dads who are increasingly making the buying decisions for the families. one example, for the first time in 50 years, mattell has introduced construction barbie and a barbie building set designed with male shoppers in mind. some stores are being reorganized to appeal more to male sensibilities. the reason why they are shopping more is because they can sit their butts down in a big chair with their laptops and buy online. >> speaking of mean, willie -- >> i need some clarification. so grown men are buying barbie dolls because they're doing constructio
concerned about? >> they're really afraid of what happens in this critical period where the assad regime starts to crumble and the opposition isn't necessarily ready to take over and secure those sites. this is really the clutch time wheren only do we need to worry about what the assad regime might do, but how that transition is going to be handled and managed. sources are telling us that there is an active contingency plan underway that the international community is trying to train the opposition in how to secure those sites. everything from 24 hour skype connections with rebel brigades to try to secure those chemical weapons facilities to train them in how to communicate with the current regime. officials in the regime right now being reached by the opposition who really want to say, you know, help us out here, let's try to insure some continuity for the day after. >> laura, thank you so much. excellent reporting. really appreciate it. >>> more than 200,000 people, they are in shelters right now in the philippines because of typhoon bofa. we'll have the very latest as the death toll n
forward. clinton noted growing concerns that syrian president basha al assad may use chemical weapons on his own people. mohammed jamjoom joins us with that part of the story. >> reporter: state officials have said they believe syrians are loading chemical weapons, precursors for sarin, a deadly nerve gas on to aerial bomb that is could be dropped on the syrian people. monday cnn reported that u.s. officials believed that the syrians had begun mixing chemicals that could be used to weaponize sarin, but there were no signs that the syrian regime was going to do anything with those weapons. they maintain yet again today that they have no intention of using chemical weapons in syria. carol? >> mohammed jamjoom in beirut this morning. >>> sad ending for a month-long search of two missing cousins. the bodies of 8-year-old elizabeth collins and 10-year-old lyric cook were found by hunters in the wooded area. the two girls have been missing since july. jim spellman has been following the story since lyric and elizabeth went missing. you know, i know the families were hopeful till the end. wh
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